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Ending Road Diggings

Build long-lasting underground ducts for all cables and pipes DRIVING or walking on the roads in Panaji which have been dug up by different government departments has become a nightmare. Road digging has also made life of the people in other cities such as Margao, Ponda, Vasco and Mapusa miserable. The problem in Panaji is more acute as major roads …

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Children At Risk

Enforcement of child protection laws must be made effective Implementation of orders passed by the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has often been slower or ineffective. One of the reasons was that the orders were to be implemented only through the agency of the women and child development department. The amendment proposed to the Goa Children’s Act, …

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Vishing And Phishing

No protection yet from invisible fraudsters stealing your savings Despite several cases in Goa there is no end to ‘vishing frauds’ in which a fraudster calls someone and asks them to deposit money for some tempting reward or to give their account details to steal money from their bank accounts or make purchases using their credit/debit cards. Many victims have …

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This Is Not Spa

No real regulation of spas and massage parlours in Goa Nobody in the state government is wondering why the number of spas and massage parlours has been increasing across the state. More than one in ten girls rescued from prostitution by the police in the last five years was from a spa and massage parlour. Are sexual services a part …

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Death Of Three Boys

human lives should also be govt’s and EDM organizers’ concern Three young persons, all from Andhra Pradesh, died suddenly inside or outside the Sunburn EDM (electronic, dance and music) festival at Vagator. Two died on the opening day, the third on the last day. There is widespread suspicion that they died from consumption of intoxicants. The government is keeping quiet …

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Centre’s Tilted Balance

Goa must wage both legal battle and political battle to save Mhadei The Goa government has been trying to convince Goans that the letters issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to Karnataka would not lead to diversion of Mhadei waters by the neighbouring state. However, Goa’s own findings say that Karnataka is engaged in diverting water …

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Go Out And Get Tourists

Government and tourism industry should stop waiting for tourists THE state tourism industry is disappointed by a considerable drop in tourist arrivals this season. However, that should not lead to paranoia of the kind the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) exhibited when filing a police complaint against a few of the activists fighting for Goa’s cause and opposing …

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Pinning The Kingpins

Police needs to remove the Goa heads of drug trade ANYONE who helps police seize drugs is eligible for a handsome reward which could be upto 10 per cent of the market value of the seizure. Despite the promise of the enormously tempting reward Goans have not been coming forward to help the state police catch drug peddlers and confiscate …

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On Restarting Mining

Too many odds against a state mineral development corporation There is a growing clamour among BJP MLAs for formation of a mineral development corporation by the state government to restart mining. They have urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to start the process of setting up such a corporation. Sawant has said that a corporation was one of the options being …

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Centre’s Double Game

Goa cannot remain silent as Centre favours Karnataka on Mhadei There is no use pretending that Goa is not being discriminated by the Ministry for Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) with regard to use of waters of the River Mhadei by Karnataka. Barely a week after the people of Goa rejoiced at MoEF&CC’s decision to keep the consent letter …

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